GROß  BERLIN

GROß  BERLIN  2011
  curated  by   Javier  RAMIREX


         Opening  Reception:  SATURDAY   July 9th   6 - 12 pm


            July 9th  -  August  9th,   2011



Chris  DREIER - Boris  FAUSER - Arno  BOJAK - Franco CATTAPAN - Giuseppe DONNALOIA -  Graziano  GADDI
  Sussanah  MARTIN - Gloria  GUIDI NOBILE - Gianluca  GALAVOTTI - Maurizio  MANTOVI - Giancarlo  MARCALI
 Marianna MERLER  - Silvia MEAZZA  - Daniele  MISANI - Robert QUINT -  Silvia  PIAMPIANO - Noël  O'CALLAGHAN
 Javier  RAMIREX - Paolo  STEFANI  - Raffaele  SANTALUCIA - Hideyuki SHOJI

MARZIA  FROZEN
   Landsberger  Allee  54
   10249  Berlin,  GERMANY
   Tel: +49 (0) 176 686 38384
   www.marziafrozen.com

Marzia Frozen is pleased to announce an  international  group exhibition of a new generation of artists working today. This will be a group exhibition at MARZIA FROZEN in Berlin, and will feature a selection of  paintings, sculptures, photographs,  performances and videos. Groß  Berlin 2011 presents artists who have emerged since 2000. Their work explores both this specific time period, during which Berlin has changed dramatically; shows vitality, energy, and exciting promise; and anticipates new artistic directions. The exhibition includes artists from all  Berlin, as well as international  artists.

Berlin had been part of the Province of  Brandenburg  since 1815. On 1 April 1881, the city became Stadtkreis  Berlin,  a city district separate from Brandenburg. The Greater Berlin Act was passed by the  Prussian parliament on 27 April 1920 and came into effect on 1 October of the same year. Mitte, Berlin's oldest and innermost district, is, technically and sentimentally, the middle of the reunified city, but I daresay many Berliners find few reasons to go there. They stay in their own Bezirk, or district, and that fidelity makes Berlin seem not so much unified as atomized.

In 1976 East German Border Troops begun to erect a new type of Wall in Berlin, the so-called 'Border Wall 75'. This concrete Wall was 3.60 meter  (11.81 ft) high and white painted. Although painting was not allowed, the complete Wall system was on the territory of East Berlin, many artists begun to paint on the Western side of the Wall in the beginning of the 80s.

Artists like   Thierry Noir  and  Keith Haring  discovered the Berlin Wall as the world's longest canvas which had to be painted.Many known and unknown artists painted on the Wall in the following years and the paintings were often painted over within hours or days. The Wall art was not protected, everybody could paint on the Wall. On the Western side of the Berlin Wall the Wall was colorful whereas the Eastern side was white or grey.After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Eastern side of the Wall was also painted by artists.

Today only a few painted sections of the Eastern side of the former Berlin Wall still exist at Potsdamer Platz,  East  Side Gallery at Mühlenstrasse and in the Wall  Park at Bernauer Strasse. Painting on remaining sections of the Wall has become very difficult. The Wall at East Side Gallery has been listing and painting is prohibited. The existing paintings shall not painted over, however sometimes artists try to paint on East Side Gallery without permission.
In the 1990s, Mitte was shorthand for "art." And art meant the Oranienburger Strasse, Mitte's brief, straight thoroughfare, which once served as a magnet for artists and galleries, but has since morphed into an open-air mall. Given over to food-court-worthy restaurants and high-turnover shops, it suggests cultural stagnation as much as urban renewal.

Berlin may not have a center, but it has a motto—"Poor but sexy," attributed to Klaus Wowereit, the city's mayor, who helped to turn Berlin's money problems into an ad campaign."Poor" is the last word that comes to mind at the Helmut Newton Foundation. Mr. Newton—known for his glamorous, hilarious, near-pornographic photography—made his career in the world's fashion capitals, but he was a Berlin native who had to flee the Nazis in the 1930s. He liked to use Polaroids as preparation, and this summer visitors to the foundation can glimpse hundreds of these Polaroids, converted into mountable images just for the purpose. I didn't quite see the value in the exercise—the blown-up Polaroids seem like lesser versions of finished work. But the mesmerized crowds moved me.
Berlin's galleries may be empty, but the Helmut Newton Foundation is always full. And Newton himself—whose work suggests a kind of high-priced homelessness—has settled in as a prodigal son.

Modernism Forever

Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966) may be the 20th century's least-known great photographer. An eccentric genius of the Weimar period, he produced transcendent images of industrial subjects. One of them was the Fagus-Werk, a western German shoe factory, co-designed before the First World War by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius. Berlin's Bauhaus Archive has mounted a wonderful summer-long show about these photographs in celebration of the building winning Unesco World Heritage status.

Groß  Berlin 2011 will run through August 13th, 2011. The exhibition will occupy two  floors  at  the  old  Brewery  Patzenhofer  in Friedrichshain  and will include works in all media. Groß  Berlin  2011 emphasizes the ongoing, dynamic dialogue between the institutions and conveys Marzia Frozen commitment to a lively cultural presence in Friedrichshain.


chris

Chris  DREIER
Russian  Criminal, 2011
Pencil  on wood
15  x  10  cm







boris

Boris  FAUSER
Untitled, 2011
Mixed Media
90 x 110 x 80 cm







arno

Arno  BOJAK
Sonnentau, 2009
Acrylic on  canvas
250 x 150 cm









susannah

Susannah  MARTIN
Gatheres, 2011
Oil  on canvas
190  x 110  cm








giuseppe

Giuseppe DONNALOIA
Oleggio II, 2010
Oil  on  canvas
 120 x 80 cm









marianna

Marianna MERLER
Self-portrait, 2002
Mixed media on wood
 30 x 35 cm